Craig Black is in his sixth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The California native was captain of his San Jose high school’s nationally ranked dance team. Craig received his BFA from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He won the 2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Craig’s summer programs were at Springboard Danse Montreal, Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Pillow.
“We are all super involved. We all love what we do. At first, a new piece is overwhelming. I love the challenge in that. It gives me the push I need to step it up to the next level.”
Katherine Bolaños, a native of Oklahoma City, is in her thirteenth season with ASFB. Katherine began her professional career with Ballet Oklahoma where she remained for seven years performing mostly classical roles. As a guest artist with the Los Angeles Ballet Ensemble, she toured extensively in Taiwan and China.
“I love the partnering in contemporary work and moving in a way that’s very slow, expressive, and creature-like. I enjoy rehearsing in the studio as much as performing on stage. The studio gives the freedom to grow artistically. On stage I feel like I’m in a different world.”
Sadie Brown, now in her fourth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began to dance in her hometown of Evansville, Indiana. She also studied at the Boston Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and the Walton School for Girls in Grantham, England. Sadie performed for three seasons with the Grand Rapids Ballet and as a guest artist with Evansville Dance Theater, Evansville Ballet, and Michigan Classic Ballet. Her guesting with Ballet Bratislava took her to Slovakia and Austria.
“Dance allows me to explore emotions on such deep levels. When it's time to perform, all those emotions come out. There is no better feeling than to have such free expression.”
Jenelle Figgins joins Aspen Santa Fe Ballet from Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Washington D.C. native began training at the historic Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She then won a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Kennedy Center residency. After earning a BFA with honors from SUNY Purchase, she attended Springboard Danse Montreal. Jenelle is a 2014 recipient of the Princess Grace Award.
“I want to continue to learn by pairing movement with aspects of humanity. There is so much self-discovery in collaboration – and being part of a creation process makes me happy.”
Anna Gerberich began her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. In 2004, she was invited by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride to apprentice with the Charlotte Ballet, and in 2005 she was hired into the company. Within four years, under Bonnefoux she was promoted to Principal. After 11 years with Charlotte Ballet, Anna accepted a position with the Joffrey Ballet. At Joffrey she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including John Numier among others. Anna received the Pointe Magazine NERDA Award of Promise in 2001 and was awarded the Barbara Weisberger RDA Founders Award of Excellence in 2004. In 2014 Anna had the pleasure to appear in the Kennedy Center Honors, performing Balanchine’s Who Cares in acknowledgment to Patricia McBride.
Emily Proctor, a graduate of The Juilliard School, is marking her tenth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. A native of Raleigh, Emily trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Prior to joining ASFB, she had the opportunity to tour with Hell’s Kitchen Dance in Aszure Barton’s Come In, which starred Mikhail Baryshnikov. Emily was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010.
“I had career-saving foot surgery that went well. I’m so grateful to be back doing what I love, which gives my life a wonderful sense of purpose.”
Seia Rassenti danced with Flamenco Y Mas as a youngster in Arizona, then trained in classical ballet with Linda Walker at the Tucson Regional Ballet. After graduating from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, she danced with North Carolina Dance Theater where she worked with Dwight Rhoden. Seia is in her eighth season with ASFB.
“I feel most comfortable in the contemporary mode. I trained classically because I knew it would help me become a better dancer. But I really love the freedom and personal expression of the work we do here. I found my niche.”
Evan Supple, a native of Toronto, Ontario, trained at Elite Danceworx before moving on to earn a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College, Class of 2016. While at Marymount, he danced in works by Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Aszure Barton, Desmond Richardson, and Alexandra Damiani. He also toured internationally as a member of the Nikolais-Louis Dance Theatre in 2013. Additionally, Evan was featured soloist in the closing ceremony of the 2015 Pan-Am Games. He spent summers with Complexions, Canada's National Ballet School, and Springboard Danse Montreal.
Anthony Tiedeman, recently graduated from The Juilliard School, brings to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet his exposure to works by master choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Jose Limon. In a special honor, Anthony was invited to join Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for its 2014 Joyce Theater performances. A New Jersey native, Anthony has traveled abroad for summer intensives at Springboard Danse Montreal and Nederlands Dans Theater.
“When I first saw Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Joyce, I was blown away by the intense physicality and strong, yet beautiful, technique. It’s a balance I try to bring to my own dancing.”
Pete Leo Walker joins Aspen Santa Fe Ballet following five seasons with Charlotte Ballet, where he performed a diverse repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary works. A native of Jacksonville, FL, Pete began training at Dansations Performing Arts Center and continued at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Pete is a 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award. In 2013 he was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.”
“My mom was a part of the Rock Steady Crew in Brooklyn. She taught me to pop and lock, so contemporary classical ballet is the closest to my heart—with a technical element.”
Joseph Watson, now in his eighth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began formal dance training at TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills), a respected after-school program in his home town of Baltimore. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Joseph attended The Juilliard School, earning his BFA in dance. He was a member of North Carolina Dance Theatre prior to joining ASFB.
“I try not to overthink a performance. I just tell myself that I’m about to go on stage to do what I love. I love the zen feeling I get when I’m out there.”